Nevada County leans to the left, reflecting “purple politics”

Nevada County is leading to the left in the latest election, though YubaNet estimates an estimated 17,000 ballots have yet to be counted. The Elections Office has 30 days to count the remaining absentee ballots.

Here’s the latest, based on the County’s election night results:

•Hillary Clinton is beating Donald Trump for President

•Kamala Harris is beating Loretta Sanchez for the California Senate

•Doug LaMalfa holds a narrow lead over Jim Reed (50.56 percent vs. 49.44 percent) for Congress

•Robert Derlet is beating Tom McClintock for Congress — handily.

•Republicans Ted Gaines and Brian Dahle are winning their state race

•The marijuana initiative Prop. 64 is winning.

I expect the trend to continue. Democrat Heidi Hall is going to be the county supervisor for District 1.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “Nevada County leans to the left, reflecting “purple politics””

  1. YubaNet sums it up: “It would appear that Nevada County is aligning more with ‘San Francisco values’ on environmental and progressive issues than the rest of the Sierra Nevada as far as statewide Propositions go. Democratic candidates fare far better in Nevada County than in other counties in Federal, Congress or State races. Based on the available election returns, Nevada County is more blue than red.”

  2. Well noted Jeff. Add to your checklist the fact that there are now more registered Democrats in Nevada County than Republicans. I’ve been here since 1976 when there were mostly redneck Republicans-loggers, miners etc. That shifted to construction-real estate types in the 90’s and most recently retired Repubs in the 00 years. The retired are now really tired and moving closer to their families and large medical facilities and they are being replaced by retired State and government workers as well has younger high tech types moving here for the quality of life. The main attraction to more liberal retired types is the high degree of culture we enjoy here in our County and the environment, That’s what makes our town different than Placerville for example. Add to that the marijuana cultivators that will thrive here after the next BOS elections create a cultivation friendly political environment and there will be no turning back to the blueing of Nevada County.

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